Fish skin can be used to upholster car seats. (Photo: Stock File/FIS)
Fish skin-upholstered car seats
Friday, July 08, 2011, 16:20 (GMT + 9)
Researchers at the Amazon National Institute for Research (INPA) associated with the Superintendency of the Manaus Free Trade Zone (Suframa) to use state fish skins for the manufacture of vehicle seats, bags and accessories.
Under the project "Fish skin tanning,' both entities will be able to launch a Fish Skin Management Unit, which will function as a laboratory where fish skin will be processed, during the second half of the year.
The initiative coordinator and researcher for the Coordination of Research in food technology from INPA, Nilson Aguiar explained that the Institute is buying the equipment needed to process the material.
According to the expert, INPA has been doing research on the possible uses of fish skin for 16 years.
"In the last two years we have achieved the association with Suframa and we have begun planning the structure of the laboratory. “Fish skin processing requires specific care," said Aguiar.
The skin from all fish in Amazonia, such as tambaqui, surubí, pirarucu, tucunaré and curimata, among others, can be tanned.
"These fish have exotic colours, which makes them ideal for the production of accessories," pointed out the researcher, who said the company Knorr Indústria in Rio Grande do Sul was interested in the fish skins from the region.
Knorr was associated with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRS), which has a fish skin processing laboratory, according to A Crítica.
By Analia Murias